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  1. Hi all. I'm giving a workshop soon about blogs and wanted to know the policy with WordPress about soliciting advertisements or having advertisers on the sites? Does WordPress get a % of the ad revenue? Can you point me to a link about advertising on a wordpress blog. Thanks much.

    The blog I need help with is cccloc.wordpress.com.

  2. WordPress.com has been running advertising on our free hosted blogs since 2006. Many bloggers do not know this because despite the fact they ticked the box required to get a free blog, they did not read the ToS. Many also do not read features page, or advertising entry in the support documents after registering their username and blog(s). Also note that as the ads do not display to us when we are logged in, and as many use browsers with ad blockers when logged out, they may not realize they are there at all. The only way to get rid of all advertising on our free hosted WordPress.com blogs is to purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade.

    No blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed on free hosted wordpress.COM blogs. E-commerce transactions via shopping carts and the like cannot be conducted on free blogs from and being free hosted by wordpress.COM

    The advertising exceptions noted in support documentation are for high traffic blogs that qualify for and are accepted into the Ad Control program, soon to be replaced with the WordAds program, and for extremely high traffic blogs that qualify and are accepted into the paid VIP hosting program. WordAds is for hight traffic blogs on domains. You can apply for WordAds when you have pageviews of 20,000 or more per month.
    http://wordpress.com/apply-for-wordads
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/wordads/
    http://vip.wordpress.com/
    http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/affiliate-links/

    If you have any further questions about advertising and/or affiliate links and/or ecommerce on a free blog from and being free hosted by wordpress.COM please contact Staff directly using this link. http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

  3. Here is the Support article about WordPress policy on advertising:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

    and a link to the Terms of Service:
    http://en.wordpress.com/tos/

    If you have further questions, then keep in mind that this is a peer to peer forum—we are, for the most part, your fellow bloggers and volunteers. As such we have no authority to determine whether or not someone is in violation of the TOS.

    If you have questions, then you should contact support directly:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

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